Linen was spun from the flax plant and bleached before being woven into the curtains for the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. "Moreover, thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet; with cherubims of cunning work thou shalt make them (Exodus 26:1)." The high priest's garments were also made of fine linen. "And they shall make the ephod of gold, and blue, and purple, of scarlet, and fine twined linen, with cunning work (Exodus 28:6)."
The making of linen was a common household chore in Biblical times. Proverbs 31:13 tells us the virtuous woman seeks wool and flax and willingly works with her hands.
Linen is very special in the Bible. At the Passover Sedar (meal) Jews wrap the matza bread in linen. The middle piece is broken and half of it is wrapped in linen and hidden. This is the afikomen. "And as they were eating, Jesus took the (matza) bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, 'Take, eat; this is my body (Matthew 26:26)." Jesus is the afikomen. He is the unleavened bread. He knew no sin. Just like the afikomen is wrapped in linen, Jesus' body was wrapped in linen and hidden away for three days in a borrowed tomb. "And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth (Matthew 27:59)."
The study of flax and linen in the Scriptures is fascinating. We are told in the book of Revelation, "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints (Revelation 19:8)."
For my Sunday School class, I wrapped a package of flax seed in a piece of real linen to remind us that someday, soon, we will be clothed with fine linen as we follow our Commander, the one called Faithful and True, clothed in a vesture dipped in blood who sits upon a great white stallion, into battle. "And the armies which were in Heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean (Revelation 19:14)."
COME QUICKLY, LORD JESUS!